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House districts, Central New Mexico area

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Two-year term. Must be at least twenty-one years old and must be a resident of the district from which elected. In odd-numbered years, the legislature meets for 60 days; in even-numbered years, it meets for 30 days. The Governor may call special sessions. In addition to other duties prescribed by law, representatives enact “reasonable and appropriate laws,” represent the constituents in their districts, and serve on standing or interim committees. Compensation is $164 per day plus mileage reimbursement at the federal rate while in session or at interim meetings.

District 10

G. Andres Romero (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 11

Javier I. Martinez (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 12

Patricio R. Ruiloba (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 13

Patricia A Roybal Caballero (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 14

Miguel P Garcia (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 15

Dayan Hochman (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

As a native New Mexican, I’ve spent my professional career fighting for disenfranchised communities and criminal justice reform in our state. I have a plan to address crime, including raising penalties on violent offenders, community policing, and investing in early childhood education programs to break the cycle of crime in low income areas. In my spare time, I volunteer with groups like Wills For Heroes, which provides legal services free of charge to first-responders.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

I will fight to protect our environment, natural resources and water by holding polluters accountable and investing in renewable energy such as solar and wind to help grow the economy and create jobs. I will champion legislation that fully funds early childhood education and our schools, putting more emphasis on STEM and vocational training programs and less on high-stakes testing.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I would support increasing school safety officers in schools and universal background checks for all gun purchases.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

For too long, our state has been controlled by a handful of industries and the same career politicians that bounce from position to position. If we want to improve the lives of all New Mexicans then we must elect independent leaders committed to reproductive health care, keeping public lands in public hands, and challenging the systemic poverty keeping our communities riddled with crime.

Brad Winter (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have been involved in education for 30 years. I have been a city councilor for the last 19 years in North East Albuquerque. I served as Interim Sectary of State for one year. I was also Interim Superintendent of APS. Now more than ever, we need leaders in Santa Fe who are both qualified and capable of working across party lines to get things done

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

1. Create Jobs – Through tax incentives and direct investment (with protections), bring companies to NM that offer high-paying jobs, particularly in technology. We’ve already started this great work and now need to expand it. We must stop the war on small businesses, bringing regulations and taxes in line with neighboring states. 2. Tackle crime by putting more officers on the street, this could be done almost immediately. Take on problems of catch-and-release and inadequate…

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

We need to enforce the laws that are already on the books, put more officers on the street, fully fund our judicial system to end the backlog of cases, focus resources on behavioral health and mental health, make sure we keep violent criminals behind bars in every instant possible.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

New Mexico is fortunate to have natural resources like oil and gas which contribute greatly to our state’s general fund. We need to continue responsible development and prioritize those funds toward attracting new businesses through tax incentives and direct investment. New Mexico needs more and better jobs and with that, hope that our children will be able to find jobs in state when they complete their education.


District 16

Antonio “Moe” Maestas (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 17

Deborah A Armstrong (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

Having spent my career in healthcare, I am uniquely qualified to collaborate with my colleagues on policies that ensure New Mexicans can access quality, affordable healthcare. I have worked as a physical therapist, healthcare administrator and Secretary of Aging & Long Term Services. Now, as Chair of the Health and Human Services Committee, I am using my experience to bring people from both sides of the aisle together to improve New Mexicans’ quality of life.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My priorities are developing a Medicaid Buy-In Program and reducing opioid addiction. Last session, I passed a memorial to study creating a Medicaid Buy-In program, which allows anyone to pay for health coverage through Medicaid. Next session, I will work to start the program. As a National Conference of State Legislators Opioid Fellow, I have successfully advocated for more access to lifesaving overdose-reversal drugs and I will continue my fight to restore behavioral health services.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Gun violence is a public health crisis and must be treated with comprehensive strategies to reduce violence, address behavioral health and keep communities safe. I support and have voted for common-sense gun legislation, including comprehensive background checks. Next session, I will sponsor a bill to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers. By keeping guns out of the hands of known domestic abusers, we can save lives.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Access to healthcare is the key to quality-of-life. From legislation allowing patients to get multiple prescriptions filled on the same schedule to advocating for medical cannabis, my work has made it easier for people to stay healthy. I will continue by creating a Medicaid Buy-In program and fighting for women to have access to comprehensive reproductive healthcare services, including abortion. I will also work to ensure that New Mexicans have access to compassionate end-of-life options.

Ray L Gallegos (Republican)

No reply received


District 18

Gail Chasey (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 19

Sheryl M Williams Stapleton (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 20

Abbas A Akhil (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I am an engineer with expertise in energy storage and renewables who retired from Sandia National Labs before forming an energy consulting business. My deep experience in the energy sector, and ideas for how NM can productively transition to renewable energy future should be an asset in the legislature. As a thirty-year resident of the district, I have been involved with neighborhood and school issues and have served on the boards of many community-based organizations.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

As I talk with voters, their priorities are reducing crime and improving education. I support a stronger investment in public safety and in our criminal justice system—police officers, courts, and prosecutors. We also must address the causes of crime—access to mental health and drug treatment, poverty and unemployment. To improve education, I support reducing class sizes, providing access to preschool education for every child, vocational educationand less standardized testing.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Reducing gun violence in our communities and schools is our collective responsibility. Too many of the wrong people—felons, domestic abusers and people with a history of violence—can too easily access guns by taking advantage of NM’s background check loopholes. In contrast to my opponent, I support closing this loophole. I also support gun violence restraining orders or “red flag laws,” to help reduce mass shootings and suicides.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

For me, improving the quality of life for our families means making our state better for our children and grandchildren with their future in mind. I hope my work in the legislature means children will grow up in a safer environment, where their needs are met because their parents have good jobs, their schools are strong and teachers inspired. We have a lot of work to do, change can be incremental, but I’m ready.

Jim Dines (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

When I ran for State Representative four years ago I had not been part of the political process. Because I don’t accept lobbyist or political action (PAC) money and do not accept free gifts or free meals, I am able to assess potential legislation without being beholden to special interest groups. Additionally, I have the ability to work with both parties and as a result I received the Spirit of Bipartisanship Award from NM First.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Public safety: It is clear we must close the “revolving door” for criminals, substantially increase our behavioral health services and reform our criminal justice system. Education: During my four years I have authorized over $400,000 of my legislative capital outlay money for school projects in and around our District 20. I have voted for teacher raises, reading at grade level with helpful interventions and increases in our education budget for early childhood development.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Reducing violence in our schools is important and this year I supported and voted for $10 million of increased funding for school safety. Behavioral health issues and/or drugs play a major role in all types of violence, and the services for those areas need substantial improvement. We have laws to curb violence that are not being enforced. We need to address the causes of violent acts and treat them and not just the symptoms.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Our state government must be more accountable to the citizens it serves which is one way to help create a better quality of life. Too many times I have had to help constituents fight through unnecessary red tape and lack of followup by agencies. Better communication between agencies would reduce lost time spent going from place to place for help. This would enhance improvements in other areas: public safety, education and the economy.


District 21

Debra Marie Sarinana (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 22

Jessica P Velasquez (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

My professional background as a business owner, public school teacher, and university instructor has given me first-hand experience in two crucial areas for the state of New Mexico: economics and education. A long-time New Mexican resident, married to a native New Mexican, with school-aged children, I am actively engaged in the East Mountain community. I understand our community’s issues and values, and will be a strong advocate for the East Mountains, Edgewood, and Placitas.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My two top priorities are improving New Mexico’s education system and building our economy. Education, from early childhood to college, needs to be adequately funded. Our teachers and educational support staff need better salaries, the teacher evaluation system needs to be revised, and the costly and time-consuming PARCC test needs to be replaced. Improving New Mexico’s economy depends on 21st century job creation, a powerful, skilled workforce to fill those jobs, and a modern infrastructure.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Poverty, mental health, and substance abuse are a few issues that contribute to violence, and I support programs addressing those problems. I also support reasonable gun legislation which upholds the rights of responsible gun owners, but which also seeks to keep us safe. For example, gun violence restraining orders courts to temporarily bar an at-risk person from buying firearms, and can give police the right to temporarily seize weapons from an at-risk person. Studies show…

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I will work to improve our quality of life by strengthening our schools, building jobs, protecting our environment, supporting public safety through adequate funding and training for all first responders, ensuring quality healthcare in both urban and remote sections of our state, fighting for the best possible care for our seniors and veterans, and standing up for working families. I am committed to a better NM for us all.

Gregg William Schmedes (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

My experience as a physician and engineer has taught me how to listen to people and solve problems. I have learned to make decisions based on evidence, which I will do as a legislator. My time serving the sick in central Africa has given me valuable experience working with peo-ple of different cultures and languages. It’s imperative that our representatives serve and listen to all people.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

District 22 wants better economic opportunity and lower crime. These issues go hand-in-hand. We must offer greater support to our first responders and rid our communities of drugs. Our local businesses have been crushed by overregulation and a burdensome tax code. Our GRT rate should be lowered and simplified so small business can make a come-back in our district.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

As a physician, I will work hard to address mental health issues in our state as they pertain to gun violence. Many of these individuals don’t have access to care. We must also address the root causes of gun violence: the loss of value for human life, lack of respect for authority, and broken families.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

First of all, I will sound the alarm on any corruption and reckless partisanship, so New Mexicans can enjoy a service-oriented legislature working for them. We must expand our private business sector to increase prosperity for all. Perhaps one of the best ways to improve our quality of life is to allow our families to stay together, as people are driven to move away for lack of opportunity.


District 23

Daymon B Ely (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

Before becoming a state representative, I was a county commissioner for Sandoval County. This taught me the value of local government. I run my own business – a law practice where I specialize in suing attorneys. And I have been involved in several community activities including working in the South Valley for a couple of years as a volunteer attorney every Friday – it helped me understand the difficulties faced by people and the unnecessary complexity of …

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Crime and Education. On crime, we should now realize that there this is a non-partisan subject. I set up a task force (with no cost to the taxpayers) that will have recommendations and proposed legislation by the middle of October. On education, we need early childhood education, better salaries for our educators, more money in the classrooms and smaller class sizes

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I am supportive of a number of bills. I am sponsoring the Gabby Gifford’s “red flag” bill. This would give law enforcement and family members the opportunity to temporarily remove guns from someone who is an immediate danger to themselves or others.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Improve our economic environment – become the solar capital and/or renewable capital in the country, improve education and reduce crime. We need real jobs – jobs that are both productive and pay a living wage.

Brenda Diane Boatman (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I was an air traffic controller in the ARMY and for the FAA, worked in non-profit and as a board member, and am currently a small business owner and mother. I believe my real-world leadership and professional experiences make me the perfect concerned citizen to step into our legislature with a voice of reason.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My two highest priorities are public safety and jobs for all New Mexicans. I’ll fight for safer schools, better mental health programs, care for veterans and the disabled. I’ll make our state more business friendly to small businesses by reducing unnecessary regulations.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Our gun laws need to be very carefully legislated so as to deter criminals and not restrict our law-abiding citizens. I would support prioritizing our school’s security to keep our children safe.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

New Mexicans deserve to thrive and not simply to survive. Crime stats that are worse than the national average not only drive away new and existing businesses but also families looking to raise their children. We must also create an economy that provides everyone who is able to work with a good-paying job. That starts with comprehensive reform of our anti-competitive tax code.


District 24

Elizabeth L Thomson (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

After working as a pediatric physical therapist for over 30 years, I know what works and what doesn’t when it comes to improving the lives of New Mexicans of all ages. I’ve lived in my district nearly 27 years so I share the priorities of local voters. I’ve also served on the NM Autism Society Board 15 years, Developmental Disabilities Planning Council 6 years, and the Disability Rights NM Board 4 years.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

I will work to decrease crime by funding law enforcement and the DA along with improved behavioral health services, improving education for all by fully funding schools, reducing class sizes, allowing teachers to teach — not test — and work to implement early childhood education for all. I support prioritizing education in our budget, including using our Land Grant Fund for early childhood.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

We can address gun violence by passing criminal background checks for gun purchases. We must also strengthen our very fragile behavioral health system and keep guns away from children.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I will work to improve the health care system in New Mexico to ensure greater access to quality health care. I will also work to protect our land, air, and water from polluters and support families so they can provide the best possible start for their children. We can help all New Mexicans by diversifying our state’s economy to avoid the boom and bust cycles, and invest in infrastructure, which also creates jobs.

Trey Stephen Morris (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have served my country my entire adult life. After earning my degree, I immediately commissioned as a nuclear launch officer in the U.S. Air Force. I was trusted with my finger on the nuclear button, and led Airmen in nuclear duties critical to national security for 6 years. I still serve as a Reservist for U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, and will soon serve New Mexico as a member of the Air National Guard.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Crime & education. Crime is out of control in our city, and my first action to address this would be to advocate on behalf of our police force to get them the resources and manning they need to properly police our city. Similarly, the first step to fixing our education system is advocating to get our overworked & underpaid teachers the support they need to educate our children.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I sincerely believe we have to solve the enforcement problem before we can consider any other legislation meant to address gun violence. In the Parkland shootings, for example, the shooter sought mental health treatment & was still able to purchase a firearm, yet it is federally illegal for mentally ill individuals to possess a firearm. We will never be free from gun violence until we figure out effective measures for enforcement.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

The single most impactful thing we can do to improve the lives of New Mexicans is to dramatically reform gross receipts tax, or ideally, eliminate & replace it with a modern sales tax. This will not only relieve small business owners of an enormous tax burden, but will also make New Mexico dramatically more attractive to businesses looking to expand or relocate.



District 25

Christine Trujillo (Democrat)

No Reply Received

Joan Antoinette Marentes (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

My entire Education, training, and Career have been focused on serving and protecting the community of N.M. I have a B.A. in Criminology from U.N.M., where I graduated on the Dean’s list. As a Probation/Parole Officer, I supervised the highest risk felony offenders in the State of N.M. I investigated and submitted pre-sentence reports to District Judges for recommendations on sentencing, and Executive Clemency reports to the Governor of New Mexico for recommendations on Pardons…

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

The safety of our citizens, and bringing investors into New Mexico will be high in my list of priorities. By lowering our crime rate, we will be a more presentable place for investors to consider. By improving our investment opportunities, we will create more jobs, entertainment, and educational opportunities for our citizens. With more positive opportunities across the board, there will be less idle time for negative behavior.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I believe there should be an age requirement of 21 for the purchase of assault weapons, and all gun owners should be required to pass a thorough back ground check. We cannot solve future attacks on schools with just more gun control. We must implement safer school campuses, by having a controlled entry for all persons, with computerized school ID cards, through a single front door, and a metal detector. Although some balk at this…

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

As a Legislator, I will address our criminal justice system, and implement a bill which would strictly limit the discretion Judges now have in sentencing. Currently, Judges can suspend any, or all of a sentence, including murder and rape, and place that criminal back into our community, to further terrorize our citizens. I would seek to re-impose the death penalty for child killers. With current DNA testing, there is less margin for error, and less…


District 26

Georgene Louis (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 27

William B Pratt (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

1. During my long life I have experienced and observed many sorts of people in many different situations. My practice of medicine and orthpaedic surgery has convinced me that most of personal and community health status is related to our economic and social circumstances.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

2. A. NM House district 27 will have less property and others crimes when all New Mexico at-risk children and families receive quality voluntary parent coaching programs. B. Support the new Albuquerque zoning and land use Integrated Development Ordinance by, for example, modifying real estate laws to make it easier to rehabilitate vacant housing.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

3. A. Suicide: Help make lives more worth living. Encourage suicide awareness posters. B. Accidents: Firearm safety education. Gun safety locks. C. Crimes with firearms: There will be less crime of all kinds when there are fewer babies growing up to be criminals. We must invest in more voluntary parent coaching programs to help more families where there no grandparents or others to guide young mothers and fathers.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

4. I will vote for public policies that support our common values: Family, Fairness, Opportunity and Respect. We all have one life on this planet. Some lives are shorter and more brutal. Some lives are more peaceful and prosperous.. I believe that New Mexico has the resources to invest in neighborhoods and in opportunities to make families be safer and to prosper. This will improve health, reduce crime, increase student performance and a work ethic.

Robert S Godshall (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have been a conscientious citizen of this state for 40 years, I have a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and am retired after a 28 year career with the Immigration and Naturalization Service and Homeland Security.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My priorities are reducing crime and improving the business environment. To that end, I will seek legislation to keep convicted criminals off the street longer, and to reduce regulatory and tax burdens on business.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Violence is violence, whether it comes from a gun, a fist, or a car. There needs to be clear and convincing consequences to a person that commits a violent act.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I am a strong believer in quality of life and I am happy to see that New Mexico presents so many cultural and nature opportunities and it would be great if more New Mexicans could experience that. Making this a more prosperous state would facilitate that end.



District 28

Melanie Ann Stansbury (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I am running to bring new ideas and meaningful change to New Mexico. I am a native New Mexican who has worked on community and natural resource issues my entire career, including the U.S. Senate, White House Office of Management and Budget, and as a small business owner. With extensive experience working in policy, legislation, and budgeting and communities across the state, I am prepared to roll up my sleeves and get to work.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My highest priorities for House District 28 are to address crime and expand opportunity—and ensure our District has thoughtful, caring leadership that is looking out for the community. 1. Addressing crime: Ensuring law enforcement has resources, supporting community policing, and addressing underlying causes of crime—including behavioral health and economic issues. 2. Expanding opportunities in the community: growing local businesses and meaningful jobs, bringing the community together, supporting schools, and addressing local infrastructure needs.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Gun violence in New Mexico has become an epidemic. In 2017 over 400 people were killed, including 85 children. Hundreds of lives could be saved with common-sense, bi-partisan leader-ship by the state that respects the Second Amendment and New Mexico’s cultures. This includes legislation to close background check loopholes, prevent gun violence when someone is in dan-ger, promote school safety, and address the causes of violence, including mental health.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I will fight to: -Diversify and grow our economy and jobs by supporting local businesses and entrepreneurs. -Address crime and social issues by ensuring law enforcement has the tools they need, improving healthcare and behavioral health systems, and ensuring families have access to services. -Ensure everyone has the opportunity to get an outstanding education from early child-hood through college and a meaningful career here in New Mexico by supporting teachers and education reform.

Jimmie C Hall (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

Twelve years as President and CEO of a bank, US Army veteran, and served 14 years as a New Mexico State Representative.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Crime and Education. Introduce legislation to stop the revolving door at the District Courts. Continue to support and vote for increased funding for classroom and early childhood education

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Support strict enforcement of the Federal Firearms Act and increase mental health care funding.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

In my district, continue to prioritize funding for the two Little Leagues and improvements to Tramway Trail. Support legislation directed at reducing crime and improving job opportunities for New Mexico youth



District 29

Joy I Garratt (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

Teachers are nation builders. I have taught students from kinder to college and now guide teachers to develop and improve their practice. As former state treasurer for the American Federation of Teachers—NM, I gained expertise in budgeting and financial transparency. I’ve served in a variety of volunteer roles in my profession and local organizations, including the Ventana Ranch Neighborhood Association. Communication, collaboration and community building are skills that have prepared me to serve.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My two highest priorities are education and public safety, the priorities clearly identified by voters. Education: I will fight for adequate funding for proven researched based educational programs to raise reading and math proficiency for our students and needed teacher professional development to support them. I will fight for increased funding for public safety officers and our court system as well as mental health and addiction programs to rehabilitate repeat offenders driven by those issues.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

While supporting the Second Amendment, I support common sense gun laws that protect our citizens as much as possible from gun violence. Those with domestic restraining orders or abuse convictions should not be allowed to possess guns. I support background checks on handgun sales at gun shows and online, not just from licensed dealers. Laws already on the books must be enforced. Ongoing education regarding gun security in the home must be mandated for all.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I am committed to developing paths for our children to build careers and raise their families right here at home. At the same time, we must ensure that we preserve our natural resources and environment for generations to come, making sure that the beauty and gifts of our state are valued. Holding face to face community meetings throughout my district will cultivate the everyday connections among us that contribute to our quality of life.

David E Adkins (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

As a pastor for over 20 years, I have counseled many people and relate to people who are in need. I’ve also been a small business owner who knows what it means to make payroll and provide jobs for New Mexicans. I know and understand veteran’s issues because I am one. I am also currently serving in the position of State Representative.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Crime is a major issue in Albuquerque. I will continue fighting for more funding for our DA and law enforcement, and I will continue to support tougher sentences for the most dangerous criminals and repeat property crime offenders. The State of New Mexico has $1.2 billion in new money, I want to use some of that money to add another lane on Paseo del Norte going west between Golf Course and Universe.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I think we need to take more seriously the mental health issues that are developing in society. If you don’t address the root causes, then you are not solving the problem. Even if guns are not available, a person in mental distress can use a knife, a car or almost anything to do damage as we have seen in Europe which has very restrictive gun laws.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Quality of life begins with a strong economy and safe communities. I would continue working to reform our anti-business gross receipts tax code, invest more money in roads and other infrastructure, and support law enforcement with resources and tougher sentences so that we finally get the worst criminals off our streets.



District 30

Natalie R Figueroa (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have taught Spanish in public schools for nearly three decades. I am not a career politician. I have unique insights into the challenges and resources of our state; I daily achieve goals with limited resources serving diverse stakeholders. A working professional, I will be a new voice for working families. A former department chair and master teacher, I have excellent leadership skills. I am a graduate of Stanford and UCLA.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Our economic future depends on an educated work force to attract and grow businesses and build a thriving economy. Every New Mexican child deserves a high-quality education, yet our education outcomes are affected by poverty, violence, and addiction. These issues must be addressed together. We must be smarter on crime by tackling the problem on multiple fronts: more officers, prevention, addiction treatment, community policing, common sense gun policy and relieving backlogs in the courts.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I support three common sense measures that would directly reduce gun violence in New Mexico: update the background check laws to include online purchases, support passage of the Extreme Risk Protection bill (sometimes called ‘red flag’), and require the surrender of firearms in cases of domestic abuse. I do not support arming teachers.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

New Mexico’s strengths are her people and her lands. We need to protect that beauty and majesty for future generations by protecting the quality of air, land, and water. We must ensure opportunity by creating a strong, diverse economy, improving access to quality health care and education, and investing in our youth and our most vulnerable. Then we can stop the spiral that is squeezing working families out of the middle class and into poverty.

John L Jones (Republican)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have 43 years of leadership experience as a Naval Officer and in running a small water utility, 20 years of national and state policy experience dealing with drinking water, 24 year resident of the District, two post graduate degrees, and thousands of hours of volunteer work in the community, schools, and with state entities. I want to use those skills to help resolve the issues facing New Mexico.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My two highest priorities will be those that I have heard from the hundreds of residents I have been speaking with: Public safety and Jobs. We do this by prioritizing funding for the law enforcement system, ensuring that the most dangerous, repeat offenders are off the streets, reducing burdensome regulations on the job-creators, and providing our children with a world-class education so that we have a well-educated workforce that can participate in a strong economy.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Gun violence is part of our unacceptably-high crime rate and we must address this through a better funded law enforcement system, laws which take the most dangerous, repeat offenders off the streets, a better economy which provides good jobs, and increased services for the mentally-ill who all-too-often end up in the criminal justice system. We must also provide better security in our schools by reducing the number of public entry points and more security personnel

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Focus on improving public safety by supporting law enforcement, developing stronger schools, creating better paying jobs, expanding our economy and economic base, and protecting our water and environment. Our government processes must be more transparent. Taxes should be low, broad, fair, easy to understand and easy to administer – all for the benefit of citizens and business.



District 31

William Arnold Wiley, Jr (Libertarian)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

A) Financial consultant for 28 years, know how governance, taxes, and spending work, B) Citizen lobbyist in Santa Fe for children animals, C) Served on many non-profit boards including being Treasurer and President.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Education and the New Mexico economy. A) Reform and reduce the number of state colleges, B) Require more money spent in public school classrooms, less on administration, C) Work with our many Chambers of Commerce to bring more quality companies to New Mexico, C) Offer New Mexico companies mentoring, investments, and a friendlier regulatory environment.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

A) Require universal background checks on gun purchases, B) Require gun locks to be sold with each gun, C) Work with high school students to identify troubled students, D) Remove guns from the mentally unstable, homes with spousal abuse and give parents and their children the help they need.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

A) Open primaries for Independents, B) End gerrymandering, C) Term limits for New Mexico Senators and Representative, D) Set up a state water commission that represents all New Mexicans, E) More mental health facilities to give relief to our citizens in need.

William R Rehm (Republican)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

FBI National Academy graduate—12/95; retired Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department—awarded the Julian Narvaez Memorial Award and “Sheriff Officer of the Quarter”; Albuquerque Police Department awarded a “Metal of Meritorious Service”; New Mexico House of Representative since 2006, current certified Law Enforcement Instructor; current Reserve Police Officer (volunteer) Bern Co Sheriff Dept., & NM Mounted Patrol; past AYSO Soccer Board Member– AYSO coach and coach instructor–referee and referee instructor; past Criminal Justice Instructor TVI

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Crime—stop court catch and release of felons. Make State safe by holding felons; swift sentence to prison, or court diversion. Last session I introduced two Constitutional amendments to hold criminals in jail. I will reintroduce them in the next session. Economy—Nationally, NM is #3 in oil production soon to be #2. Oil and gas comprise over 45% of the State budget with another $850 million in school funding. Encourage oil and gas production.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Increasing the penalty for felons possessing firearms, and those using a firearm in the commission of a crime. Update our 3-strikes legislation to give life sentence to criminals who injured or kill three different times. We must increase mental health reporting to NICS (FBI database that lists those who cannot purchase a firearm) to prevent the mentally ill from obtaining a firearm. Federally law must be expanded to prevent more mentally ill from purchasing firearms.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Improve the safety in our community, improve our educational system, and make New Mexico business friendly.


District 42

Christine Chandler (Democrat)

1. What are the major concerns regarding education in New Mexico? How can they be addressed? (75 words>

The public education system is underfunded, and students, particularly those who are “at risk” are not receiving the quality education to which they are entitled. We should increase funding to expand access to early childhood programs, including Pre-K, reduce class sizes and improve teacher pay and training/mentoring. We should expand vocational and job training programs for students who chose to pursue trade careers.

2. What actions do you advocate to improve the availability and quality of health care for New Mexicans? (75 words)

The current healthcare system leaves too many New Mexicans without affordable coverage, particularly as the Affordable Care Act is being dismantled at the federal level. We should increase access to Medicaid through an income-based buy-in program for New Mexicans. In addition, the state should study and support if economically feasible, a single payor program, such as the one proposed in the Health Security Act.

3. How can New Mexico diversity its economy to reduce reliance on income from the oil and gas industry? (75 words)

First we must recognize that an educated workforce that includes relevant vocational training, is an important factor in recruiting new businesses to the state. It will take time but is an essential element to improving our economy. We should also look for ways to incentive reliance our clean, natural resources, such as wind and solar.

4. What measures do you support to protect New Mexico’s natural resources in this time of climate stress? (75 words)

With the federal government pulling back from the Clean Power Plan, the State needs to re-visit its clean air standards. In addition we should work toward an increase in the renewable energy standard, funding for the Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and support ways to incentivize renewable energy sources, including renewing the solar tax credits.

Lisa Shin (Republican)


1. What are the major concerns regarding education in New Mexico? How can they be addressed? (75 words>

Let’s replicate the success of the Los Alamos Public Schools to other communities: exceptional parental engagement, community involvement, and support for our teachers. We have a serious gap when it comes to “middle-skills” so let’s prioritize vocational education to prepare our students for a skilled workforce. Expand access to online education, ensure reading proficiency by 3rd grade, elect a state school board.

2. What actions do you advocate to improve the availability and quality of health care for New Mexicans? (75 words)

My opponent’s “single-payer”pipe dream brings massive taxes, lowers both access to and quality of care. Telemedicine, that meets the standards of care,can greatly benefit those in the rural areas. Emphasize health education, wellness & preventive services. Fight drug abuse through early intervention, a holistic approach to long-term recovery, & robust law enforcement.

3. How can New Mexico diversity its economy to reduce reliance on income from the oil and gas industry? (75 words)

Our State brought in an extra $158 million in 2018, and is expected to bring in $93 million more due to record oil & gas production. We should diversify & expand our base, but it would be difficult for another industry to generate such revenues for our education, law enforcement, health care.

4. What measures do you support to protect New Mexico’s natural resources in this time of climate stress? (75 words)

Our County’s Carbon Free Power Project is innovative technology that should be embraced immediately. Its goal to be a clean energy, “carbon-neutral electrical energy provider by 2040” is forward thinking.


District 44

Benton Howell (Democrat)


1. What are the major concerns regarding education in New Mexico? How can they be addressed? (75 words>

I am a physicist and worked with Los Alamos National Lab and Princeton Plasma Physics Lab. I believe that this knowledge and experience are relevant to the State legislative campaign, and the position of State Representative. Since retiring, I have been working as a volunteer with 350 and the Sierra Club. I have tutored students in the Bernalillo school system.

2. What actions do you advocate to improve the availability and quality of health care for New Mexicans? (75 words)

Protecting our drinking water and improving our education system. We need strong environmental controls at the State level to ensure that extractive mining and other industrial operations do not contaminate our ground water. We need to reform our education system and end standardized testing and return to teaching our children.

3. How can New Mexico diversity its economy to reduce reliance on income from the oil and gas industry? (75 words)

Universal background checks for all types of firearms’ purchases is necessary. Strictly enforcing the prohibition of convicted domestic violence perpetrators from owning firearms is also essential.

4. What measures do you support to protect New Mexico’s natural resources in this time of climate stress? (75 words)

Protecting our drinking water is essential just for our continued inhabitance of this State. Improving our education system, fixing our infrastructure and extending broadband throughout the State will help to bring more and better jobs. Moving away from a fossil fuel-based energy economy to one of renewable energy will benefit the environment and be an economic boost. I believe New Mexico should also examine the potential of a single payer health care system.

Jane E Powdrell-Culbert (Republican)


1. What are the major concerns regarding education in New Mexico? How can they be addressed? (75 words>

If re-elected it will be my 9th term. Prior to serving in the Legislature, I have served on numerous Boards and Commissions. I have spent 30 years working for national corporations, business development as well as local and State governments.

2. What actions do you advocate to improve the availability and quality of health care for New Mexicans? (75 words)

In District 44, the issue of business development and infrastructure has been and will continue to be a major concern. I will work on legislation to help address these issues. Both concerns will help to increase jobs in the area.

3. How can New Mexico diversity its economy to reduce reliance on income from the oil and gas industry? (75 words)

Gun Violence has been an issue for many years. I believe that if the judges will sentence criminals according to the law, it will address some of the problems associated with this issue. The legislature should also examine the ‘50% Good Time Law’ and require these individuals to serve 75% of their sentences. Many of the crimes committed are done by repeat offenders. It is unfair to punish law abiding gun owners due to crimes …

4. What measures do you support to protect New Mexico’s natural resources in this time of climate stress? (75 words)

New Mexico has a great quality of life; however, I will work with other members within the legislature via Democrats and Republicans to improve employment access, training, skill development, as well as education. We must remember that every child that graduate from New Mexico high schools are not college bound.


District 50

Matthew McQueen (Democrat)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

As a parent of two small children (a two-year-old and a four-year-old), a small business owner, a practicing attorney for over twenty-five years (with degrees in law, business, and natural resources policy), and having already served in the New Mexico House of Representatives for four years, I am well prepared to continue representing the people of House District 50.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

I will continue to support the expansion of early-childhood education, so all New Mexico kids can be prepared to start school when the time comes, and I will work to open our economic development incentives to more small and local businesses, including specifically grocery stores in food-insecure communities.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

The are numerous common-sense, widely supported gun safety measures we can and should enact. I personally sponsored a ban on so-called “bump stocks” (that allow semi-automatic weapons to fire like fully-automatic weapons), but we should also adopt universal background checks to keep weapons out of the hands of violent felons, trigger lock requirements for households with small children, and procedures to remove firearms from homes experiencing domestic violence.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

While we’re currently experiencing a financial windfall from the oil and gas industry, but we know it won’t last. We need to invest the money wisely to diversify our economy and improve our educational system. Renewable energy and outdoor recreation are keys to New Mexico’s financial future, not continued overreliance on boom-and-bust extractive industries.

Jarratt Applewhite (Decline to State)

1. What legislation would you support to deal with the critically growing needs of the aging population – i.e. Housing, elder care, and transportation? (75 words)

We have a moral obligation to provide for our seniors — we need to do a lot more than pass legislation. We can improve the current patchwork quilt of services and integrate them more effectively. In a poor state innovation and frugality must be coupled. The recent judicial decision mandating expanded funding for children limits the availability of new support for seniors.

2. What would you propose to insulate New Mexico from the impending trade wars? (75 words)

My biggest concern is with our neighbors south of our border with whom we have centuries of cultural and economic ties. Our trans-border economy is important. Regulating trade is, rightfully, a federal responsibility. I will work hard to coalesce voices in the Legislature to send a unified message to our congressional delegation that will protect our vibrant cross-border ties.

3. What is your position on the potential overturn of Roe vs Wade, and if Roe is overturned what legislation would you support to help New Mexico women work through the impact this will have on their lives? (75 words)

I understand and respect those who believe life begins at birth and those who believe it begins at conception. I believe that these personal issues should be decided by the affected individuals and their families and that government should not intrude. Women must control their own bodies. An overwhelming percentage of legal professionals across the political spectrum believe that Roe v Wade is settled law.

4. What legislation would you support addressing the rising costs of health insurance – especially for small businesses? (75 words)

Insurance costs mirror the costs of our healthcare system. It’s vastly more expensive than that of other developed nations. Its outcomes are mediocre. It’s shameful. Premiums will stabilize when costs are stabilized. Extracting the layers of unnecessary profit is imperative. Healthcare private interests have their claws deep into the pockets of both parties. Many politicians are more attentive to these special interests than their constituents.


District 57

Billie Ann Helean (Democrat)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have 30 combined years of experience in corporate administration, small business ownership, and teaching. I’m also an active community member, and I have advocated for many groups of people: women, minorities, children, and the elderly, just to name a few. I chose New Mexico as my home in 1997, and my family and I chose our district for its schools 13 years ago.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

My top priority is to improve education (from Pre-K to college) through ensuring that all schools are adequately and equally funded and that we attract and retain the best teachers/professors by providing salaries that reflect the importance of what teachers do every day. My second priority is to improve the economy through providing an educated workforce, attracting a broader base for state revenues and additional jobs.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Gun violence is an epidemic, with death rates in New Mexico that are 51% higher than the national average. I absolutely support the second amendment, but I believe it should be approached responsibly, so that guns don’t end up in the hands of unstable or violent individuals. I will support bills that propose responsible background checks and flagging for dangerous individuals.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

New Mexicans are leaving the state at an alarming rate. I will improve our quality of life by improving education, the economy, and public safety. People in my district are talking about how much they want diverse and high-quality opportunities for themselves, their children, and their grandchildren. It’s time that we work to make sure those opportunities are realized.

Jason Carl Harper (Republican)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I grew up in Rio Rancho, married my high school sweetheart, and now we’re raising our own family here. I know firsthand how important it is to create good local jobs and improve our classrooms. And as a research scientist, I know how to analyze problems and look for practical solutions. I’m not a politician—I’m a husband and a dad, who will always put my community’s interests ahead of petty politics and special interests

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Job creation remains our greatest need. By lowering taxes and simplifying regulations, we can compete to attract new business, and help grow established ones. I am also spearheading tax reform that leads to job creation and a diversified economy. Secondly, Rio Rancho Public Schools, while ranked at the top in nearly every performance measure statewide, is also dead last in state funding per student. I will fight for our fair share of state education dollars.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

Overall, we need to strengthen the alignment of mental health data and the NICS system (background checks), which I have voted for and will continue to support. Regarding public schools, which my four kids attend, we need to consider all opportunities for their protection. I’ve partnered with Rio Rancho legislators and funded safety improvements to our schools including single point entries, remotely controlled electronic locks, traffic bollards, etc. I also strongly support arming security staff.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

To help families, I crafted the Lottery Scholarship rescue bill. It keeps the scholarship afloat—without tax dollars—and ensures all students are treated equitably, instead of giving more funds to some students, and less to others. For high-schoolers, I co-sponsored legislation that guarantees graduation requirements don’t change mid-stream, and restores P.E. credit for marching band and JROTC. I will continue to fight for measures to combat DWI/DUI and crime, to keep our families safe.


District 60

Alexis Jimenez (Democrat)


1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have been in New Mexico since the age of 15 and have been politically aware and active since long before that. As a mother, I know the challenges of raising a family, budgeting for childcare, food, rent, school needs, and everything needed by people to survive and thrive. As a former teacher and school administrator I understand the needs of students, teachers, and communities and I can use my experience to guide policy making.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

The majority of constituents I have spoken with have two major concerns, education and infrastructure. If elected I will work to improve our education system by investing money from the land grant permanent fund, from early childhood education up to post-secondary education, including trade and vocational schools. I will also work toward a city/state cooperative effort to repair and replace our crumbling infrastructure.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I will work to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous and irresponsible people. I support laws that keep guns away from unstable or suicidal people. I will work on legislation holding gun owners responsible when their actions allow dangerous and irresponsible people to access their guns. I support stronger background checks to ensure that unauthorized people who try to purchase guns are stopped. I will work for stronger penalties for unauthorized sales/sellers.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I will work for better school systems across the state to ensure that our children are ready for whatever future they foresee. I will work for better and affordable healthcare for New Mexicans.
I will work to keep our environment clean and encourage the development and use of cleaner energy. I will encourage water-wise industry to come to our state. I will encourage clean tourism industries to showcase the natural beauty of our state

Tim D Lewis (Republican)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

In Santa Fe, I served for two years as vice-chairman of the ways and means committee and I’ve been a member of the tax and revenue committee for six years. Three other committees that I’ve served on over the last eight years focused on labor, energy, business and industry. I’ve had private sector experience while working for Costco Wholesale for nineteen years and I’ve been a full-time teacher for the last 17 years.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

Public safety and jobs are my two highest priorities for Rio Rancho. I’ll continue to fight for stronger DWI laws, safer schools, and safer communities by signing onto pro-safety legislation. I’ll also make Rio Rancho more business friendly to small businesses by reducing unnecessary regulations. I’ll keep working with local representatives to pool money together for safety initiatives and infrastructure projects that will bring more jobs to our city.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I’d focus on enforcing/strengthening the gun laws currently on the books and stop allowing judges to release criminals. The public needs to know that their leaders are very serious about this issue. I would oppose any new legislation that would punish law abiding gun owners. I spent three days in Aztec recently, where two students were killed, and listened to solutions from all those involved. I support having highly trained armed guards in schools.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

As a teacher, that’s married to a Rio Rancho teacher, I’m concerned about the safety of my wife and four boys, and the rest of New Mexico. Whether it’s on our roads, at school, or in our homes, if we don’t feel safe then the quality of our lives can’t improve. In addition to promoting safety, I’ll continue to fight for a higher quality of life by adding more jobs to improve the economy.


District 65

Derrick J Lente (Democrat)

Unopposed


District 68

Karen C Bash (Democrat)

1. Describe the specific experiences and abilities that prepare you for the office of New Mexico State Representative (75 words)

I have been a teacher, an ordained minister and a small business owner. I have served on many church and civic boards. I have been a lifelong follower of politics and have spoken with legislators on both the state and federal level about issues like early childhood education and the environment.

2. If elected, what are your two highest priorities for your district? What specific actions will you take to accomplish them? (75 words)

I’d improve our schools through universal early childhood education, smaller classroom sizes and increased teacher pay. I’d restore funding to higher education. I’d pay for this by use of the interest on the Permanent Land Grant Fund. I’d work for crime reduction by funding law enforcement to enable community policing. I’d increase penalties for DUI and child abuse. I’d restore funding for drug treatment and mental health clinics.

3. Given recent events in New Mexico and across the nation, what would you do to address gun violence? (75 words)

I am in favor of increasing the age of purchase to 21 years for all guns. I favor universal background checks including gun shows and private purchases. I would include those who are adjudicated mentally ill, those on the “no fly list”, and convicted domestic abusers as persons unable to purchase firearms.

4. What will you do to improve the quality of life for New Mexicans? (75 words)

I’d improve air quality by mandating capping wells to prevent flaring and leaking of methane gas. I would work to keep public lands accessible for hunting fishing and other recreation. By reducing crime and improving schools we can attract more business to the state, proving good jobs for our people.

Monica Christina Youngblood (Republican)

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